Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today applauded Pope Francis for his Letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which extends to all Catholic priests the faculty to absolve penitents from the mortal sin of abortion, and which authorizes the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X—founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre—to validly and licitly administer the Sacrament of Penance. As the grave sin of … More →
Perhaps you have noticed how some persons (not you and I, of course) project their besetting sins and failings onto others. A man who seduces other men’s wives will keep his own wife under veritable lock and key. A snoop is sure others are snooping on him. The larcenous man fears theft. Christians who make little or no effort to live up to the moral … More →
To My Venerable Brother Archbishop Rino Fisichella President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization [Source] [Skip to penultimate paragraph, here emboldened, regarding our headline —Catholicism.org] With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers … More →
www.chiesa: Guinean cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the congregation for divine worship, is in Regensburg these days to present the German edition of his book “God or Nothing,” published in France last February and about to be released in nine other languages all over the world, given the enormous interest it has raised on account of what is written in it and who wrote it, … More →
Amid the gruesome revelations of the ghoulish practices by Planned Parenthood—the country’s worst perpetrator of abortions—came the news that the local political arm of this organized crime network, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, keeps a list of “Champions” and “Allies” who serve the interests of the abortion industry in the Massachusetts General Court. In the first part of our analysis, released on July … More →
On August 10, as reported (lifesitenews.com), a Swiss umbrella organization of homosexuals, Pink Cross, has sued Bishop Vitus Huonder for defending the Catholic Church’s traditional teaching on homosexuality. Bishop Huonder has since then made a public statement where he repeats his apology for not putting the quotes from the Old Testament in a sufficient context — namely, that he did not intend to invite violence … More →
This is really a wonderful turnout. It looks like we have more than 250 people here today. God bless all of you, and you are certainly to commended for showing up on this Saturday in August. Well, the mask has been torn away with these videos. The veneer has been shattered, irretrievably. The seemingly impenetrable, carefully constructed facade of public respectability of Planned Parenthood has cracked and … More →
Fr. Z’s Blog: The Italian site La Nuova Bussola has learned that, in advance of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, yet another “Cardinals Book” is being released. This time, however, its the “Eleven Cardinals Book™”! More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
UCANews: Two excommunicated illicit bishops in China have ordained priests in separate ceremonies during the past two months. Catholic leaders expressed concern over the ordinations, saying it was yet another example of the Communist government tightening its control over the Church. Father (sic) Joseph Yue Fusheng of Heilongjiang, who was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2012, ordained three priests in an Aug. 6 Mass at Sacred … More →
LifeSiteNews: In recent days, several news reports have come from Europe that are worth presenting to the U.S. Catholic world. The most important event is the publication in Rome of a new book that contains the presentations of an earlier set of seminars hosted – in January, February, and March 2015 – by the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is headed by Archbishop Vicenzo Paglia. … More →
AsiaNews: Communist officials responsible for the anti-cross campaign in Zhejiang have been acting “with a vengeance” going beyond their rights and duties. For this reason, “they must be brought to justice” before China’s “peaceful development” does not fall “into yet another calamity”. For this reason, the local clergy is ready to do anything, even die for a just cause, protecting Christianity’s sacred symbol. What follows is their … More →
AsiaNews: “We are aware of the existence of evil, and yet we go ahead to meet the future with confidence and hope”, says Sister Meena Barwa, a religious sister from Kandhamal (Orissa), speaking to AsiaNews. With the approach of the feast of the Assumption, the nun of the Servite Order speaks about her “personal passion”: the brutal rape she suffered during the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008. … More →
AsiaNews: More than 400,000 people, including 105 prelates, have signed a ‘Filial Appeal’, urging Pope Francis to stand by the traditional marriage in the forthcoming Synod on the Family in October. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Adelante La Fe’s Exclusive Interview with Monsignor Schneider: Vatican II, Communion in the Hand, Crisis, SSPX
With the gracious permission of the Spanish language web site, Adelante La Fe, we reproduce here their own English translation of their complete interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan and titular bishop of Celerina. His Excellency says many wonderful and edifying things here. Note: “Monsignor” is the proper form of address to a Bishop in most European languages. * * * * … More →
LifeNews: The developments in Europe are accelerating. One statement after another shows how high-ranking bishops and prelates are now publicly opposing the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church, which is based upon the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself. First, on August 1, the Archbishop of Hamburg, Stefan Heße, came out and defended publicly a liberal attitude toward homosexual couples and “remarried” divorcees. As the official … More →